April 26, 2002 |
John Mabee had a lot of horses. Some said that he had just as many trainers. Mabee, who died Wednesday night near Del Mar, the racetrack he loved and nourished, waded into racing by buying a couple of cheap yearlings in 1957, did a crash study of the breeding side of the business several years later and by the 1970s no one connected with his burgeoning racing and breeding operation doubted who was in charge. Short on stature, Mabee was a show-up guy who ruled with a big stick. In the insurance game, Mabee was a CEO who was known to sign every claim check, and in racing every one of his horses bore the owner's fingerprints.
March 16, 1992 |
Southland-based Vying Victor stalked the early leaders and swept to the lead turning into the stretch to win the $250,000 Remington Park Derby at Oklahoma City, Okla. Ron Hansen rode Vying Victor for trainer Ian Jory and finished 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Ecstatic Ride. It was another 6 3/4 lengths back to Capitalimprovement. Vying Victor raced the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43 3/5 and paid $7.80 to win, $5 to place, and $3.60 to show. Ecstatic Ride paid $4.40 to place and $3.80 to show.
April 11, 1991 |
Best Pal, runner-up to Dinard in the Santa Anita Derby, will leave for Churchill Downs Monday to prepare for the Kentucky Derby. Owner John Mabee had said the Habitony gelding needed to win the Santa Anita Derby to go to Kentucky, but he called trainer Ian Jory Wednesday morning and said the 3-year-old would take another crack at Dinard and Fly So Free at Churchill Downs. There had been discussion that Best Pal would instead run in next Saturday's Arkansas Derby.
April 29, 1993 |
California Derby winner Denmars Dream broke down after completing a seven-furlong workout Monday morning at Hollywood Park and had to be destroyed. Preparing for a start in the Illinois Derby on May 8, the 3-year-old Mining gelding had just completed the work, which was timed in 1:26 2/5, when he dislocated the fetlock joint in his right foreleg.
April 15, 1992 |
The Arkansas Derby may have lost a contender when Vying Victor stepped on a nail. "Right now, my horse is dead lame," trainer Ian Jory said Tuesday. Vying Victor had been scheduled to have a workout Tuesday, but that was canceled. Vying Victor worked six furlongs in a slow 1:16 2/5 last week. Jory said he would try to work the colt today "but if we can't it doesn't look good as far as Saturday goes."
June 1, 2003 |
Even dedicated racing trivia players might not remember that Jose Santos rode Best Pal when he won the $1-million Hollywood Futurity in 1990. Best Pal, earning $5.6 million, was a gelding (like Funny Cide) who ran 47 times in a career that ended in 1996, but Santos never rode him again after the Hollywood Park race. Santos had come to California late in 1990 to test the waters.